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Sunday, July 22, 2012

What Happened at Not the Block Party

Posted by on Sun, Jul 22, 2012 at 11:28 AM

This basement horse tapestry, for one.
  • This basement horse tapestry, for one.

I took a BPBBQB (Block Party Barbecue Break) and headed over to a house show a few blocks away. Down in the amazingly well-soundproofed basement, I saw the Unnatural Helpers for the second time in 3 days. Their Friday Crocodile show was great, but basement shows just feel more like home. A home that smells like cat pee and mummies, but a welcoming home that allows you see a band while practically sitting in that band's lap. Three singers sharing one mic! A capacity of 30 people max! The ability to come and go without 17 wrist bands!

Dean and Cass Whitmore (feat. cameo by Helpers guitarist Andrew Greagor)
  • Derek Erdman
  • Dean and Cass Whitmore (special cameo by Helper's guitarist Andrew Greagor)

Basement Helpers were super. At one point, lead singer/drummer Dean Whitmore's daughter (who I believe is in the 5- to 14-year-old age range—so bad at knowing about kids) came up to the front to watch her dad's set and sing along. Everyone died of cute.

The backyard featured a kiddie pool and a graffiti board for the occasion. A handsome spotted dog ran around smiling at everyone. When Seattle is nice, it is so nice.

Other bands that played this show (I assume, since I didn't catch the whole thing) were Baby Guns, Battle Stations, Haunted Horses, Wimps, Night Beats, and Glam Code.

More extremely professional photos after the jump!

Skinny Hoes + Lemonade
  • Derek Erdman
  • Skinny Hoes + Lemonade

Helpys.jpg
  • Derek Erdman

pool.jpg
  • Derek Erdman

 

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